Congratulations to our 25 winners of the Aviva Broker Community Fund 2013. It was great to see all the finalists hard work come to life at the Finale event in London on 16th April. It was a brilliant event which showed the passion and dedication that make these projects so worthwhile. It was great to hear the inspiring community work our compere Will Greenwood has been doing as well. Thank you again to all our brokers who entered this year, and because of all your entries we were able to donate £5,000 to Railway Children which supports homeless children in the UK.
There were 25 deserving winners who won one of the following:
- One prize of £15,000 for each category
- One prize of £7,500 for each category
- And 3 prizes of £2,500 for each category
Here are highlights of our 2013 winners and the incredible work they do in their projects.
- Community Spaces
Friends of Bude Sea Pool - £15,000
Bude Sea Pool is a vital amenity for the town, it’s residents, local businesses and the thousands of people who visit it. Over 30,000 people visited the Pool in 2012, and more than 500 people used its facilities on it’s busiest day. Without the Pool, hundreds of people would be at risk in the open water of the Atlantic. Funding would be used to make essential repairs.
Hugh J Boswell
East Anglian Air Ambulance - £7,500
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a 365 day-a-year life saving service capable of delivering a paramedic team to any location in the region within 25 minutes. The funding would enable the EAAA to purchase a life saving piece of equipment, an Ultra Sound machine. This would enable the on-board doctors to diagnose patients quickly and accurately.
Be Wiser Insurance
Two Saints – £2,500
Two Saints provide support and advice for people who are homeless in Andover to turn their lives around. Dene Court isn’t just about giving people emergency shelter and food, it is about starting to achieve independence and moving on to the next chapter. The Therapeutic Garden project will create a peaceful and safe escape from this turmoil as well as offer the transition from isolation and an opportunity to be 'part' of something.
Mercer Jones & Co. Ltd
Arch (North Staffs) Ltd – £2,500
Arch provides accommodation related support services to homeless people or people at risk of becoming homeless. Lorraine House is a safe house in Crewe run by Arch to accommodate woman and children fleeing domestic violence. The Lorraine House Children's Activity Fund will provide a range of internal and external activities so these children can experience the positive side of life and enjoy being a child.
PSP Insurance and Financial Solutions Ltd
The Doorway Project – £2,500
Doorway is dedicated to providing a warm safe place for adults who are homeless or vulnerable. The project is mainly run by volunteers providing hot food and an environment where the clients can feel safe and receive advice and friendship. Doorway try to get people off the streets and into their own flat or house. The funding would be used to continue their important work supporting the homeless.
- Supporting local sports
Weir Insurance Brokers Ltd
City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy - £15,000
In June 2012 the Gymnastics Academy was devastated by floods. The entire facility was wiped out and out of full working action for six months. During this time, the charity lost a huge chance to promote and attract gymnastics locally, during the once in a lifetime opportunity, the London 2012 Olympics. It’s elite gymnasts have had their training and development badly affected by the lack of vital equipment during the rehabilitation period.
BWA (Commercial) Ltd
Redditch Road and Path Cycling Club - £7,500
Slipstreamers is the youth section of Redditch Road and Path Cycling Club. Through hard work, dedication, and the recent Olympics, they have grown in size from 25 active children to around 60 who meet in the local sports centre car park and playing fields to develop skills and train for racing. The funding will enable them to keep members and get them more involved in cycling events and also develop the membership to cater for less-able riders.
The Policy Shop
Sporting F.C. - £2,500
Phill Wheeler has been with the club since 2002 and is now chairman of the youth football club. Phill is always looking at ways of raising the much needed funds to run his club. Getting funding would give him a little break and help the 300+ children that he trains and coaches. The money would be used to purchase new kit and help with training equipment.
Independent Insurance Services
Folkestone Coastal 10K - £2,500
Independent Insurance Services organised the Folkestone Coastal 10k run and 2013 will be the second year. They had 620 runners for the first year and raised over £30,000 for local causes. The purpose of the event is to encourage runners to raise money for good causes and encourage local sport. The event is open for anyone aged over 17 years of age and this year they will be holding a children's race for the first time.
Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers Ltd
East Coast All Stars Football Club - £2,500
East Coast All Stars is a local children’s football club which is for children aged six - nine years old. The club has over 25 players and tries to operate two league teams. The funding will allow them to provide the teams with year round facilities and a new club kit. The long term effect of this is to increase the number of children they can reach through playing football.
- Local youth facilities & activities
Mason Owen Financial Services Ltd
Merseyside Youth Association Ltd - £15,000
The Door is a young people’s resource centre in the heart of Liverpool. The centre offers a safe and friendly venue for young people of all ages and cultural backgrounds across the city to meet. They become engaged in activities which informally educate as well as diverting them from anti social behaviour. The funding will be used for the Creative Arts Hub project which will use music, drama and visual arts to support these young people to create motivation and encourage them to work together.
Oval Insurance Broking Ltd
The Friendship Project for Children - £7,500
The Friendship Project for Children is a unique charity in Warwickshire. The Project's overall purpose is to improve the social and emotional well-being of children disadvantaged by virtue of their family circumstances. An Older Friend provides experiences lacking in the child's life, builds a trusting relationship and raises the self-esteem of their Younger Friend. Funding would be used for the children's activities for both North and South Warwickshire.
Carver Barracks - £2,500
Carver Barracks is the home of both 101 and 33 Engineer Regiments (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). They are the local military unit which the community are extremely proud to have strong links with. In carrying out their duties they have saved countless lives. The funding will help plan a day out for the families to look forward to and cause a distraction from their normal thoughts of worry while their families are apart.
Archenfield Insurance Management Ltd
1st Wyesham Scout Group Monmouth - £2,500
1st Wyesham Scout Group is the principal youth activity group of the area, offering a fantastic range of opportunities to boys and girls under the umbrella of International Scouting. The Scout Group is the only Scout Group in Monmouth, and Beavers, Cubs and Scouts come both from the town and from outlying villages. The Scout Group has beautiful woodlands and mountains on its doorstep and the funding would contribute towards extending and improving our outdoor kit.
Jelf Insurance Brokers
Ramsgate & Broadstairs Sea Cadets - £2,500
The Sea Cadets have twice weekly parade nights during which they take classes in seamanship, first aid, knots, piping and other activities. The funding would be used for reliable heating in the unit so they could also run classes and events at the weekends too. They have 48 cadets on roll at present ages from 10 to 18 and if the unit was warmer in the winter they could attract more cadets.
- Supporting local education & training
First Point Insurance
CANTO - Careers And New Training Opportunities £15,000
CANTO helps disadvantaged people lead a fulfilling life. There are many different ways in which help can be provided to the learners at CANTO but with limited space, time and resource, the focus is on reaching goals in critical areas such as English, Maths and independent living and social skills. CANTO has run on very small budgets for 20 years. Funding would be used to update the facilities and help provide essential equipment for learning.
Aston Scott Group PLC
The Edward Starr Charitable Trust - £7,500
The Edward Starr Charitable Trust’s sole aim is to help make children smile. Every penny raised goes directly to children to bring about a positive impact to their lives, through education, sports, healthcare and the arts. Funding is required for CHOCS (Children Helping Other Children Smile) which is the trust’s education programme.
Old Oak Insurance Brokers Ltd
The Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust - £2,500
This charitable trust has been set up recently to honour the memory of Luke Somerfield who tragically drowned in Cilyrchen quarry on the 6th June 2012. He was fourteen years old. Luke’s parents, David and Kim Somerfield are determined that something positive will come out of what has happened and have founded the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust. The funding will be used for the pupils from Tre-gib Comprehensive School (which Luke attended) to learn about water safety awareness.
One in a Million - £2,500
One in a Million (OIAM) is a Bradford based charity improving the lives of children and young people through sports, arts and enterprise. OIAM now works with over 750 young people each week, providing 28 community activities across the Bradford district. They provide young people with skills, confidence and knowledge before providing progression pathways into employment, education and training. The funding through One in a Million is for a community education programme for children within Bradford.
The Insurance Partnership
Hull Children's University - £2,500
Hull Children's University principal function is to help with children's lifelong literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. On average they reach 2,500 children per year. With continued support, growth and funding they can increase the number of children they can reach.
- Helping with disability & health needs
Jelf Insurance Brokers
Children's Hospice South West: Little Harbour - £15,000
Children's Hospice South West exists to make the most of short, precious lives and supports children who have life-limiting conditions. The funding would help build the Ebb & Flow Sensory Water Garden at Little Harbour. This garden will provide a space where children's lives can be enriched and families can enjoy quality time together when staying at the hospice.
One Call Direct Ltd
Firefly Cancer Awareness & Support - £7,500
Many cancer patients need to visit hospital weekly and on occasion daily, which means relying on their families to take them. Unfortunately this can be difficult with work and family commitments, hence why the service, the Firefly Express provides is invaluable. Purchasing a new nine seater Firefly Express 3 is desperately needed in Doncaster and surrounding areas. The service is centred on strong bonds and the people that use the service have built friendships that go far beyond sharing a taxi service together.
Erne Insurances Services
Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke - £2,500
Having a stroke is a major life changing event which often happens out of the blue and brings huge unexpected changes to people’s lives. The funding would support the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke ‘Moving On’ Programme which is a community based course to help rebuild peoples lives following a stroke through exercise and education.
Aegis Financial Consultants
SAMBADOC - £2,500
SAMBADOC are a fully constituted musical community group and have over 40 members with an age ranging from 17 to 70+, many joining with no musical experience or ability. This group helps give people new found confidence and the chance to meet new people. The funding will mean that each member will have the use of their own kit and be able to take full part in practice sessions.
Gallagher Heath Insurance Services
Chestnut Tree House children's hospice - £2,500
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Funding will support the vital service provided by the Community Nurses. The nurses visit children and families in their homes to provide advice and short periods of care so that mum and dad can benefit from a short break from the exhausting demands of caring for their desperately ill child.